A new study by TopUSCasinos.com uncovers the top sporting stars from New York. 
Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Deron Williams lead the way as New York’s Hometown Heroes

From Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice, many of the greatest athletes of all time call America home. But have you ever wondered which sports star is the most popular in New York?

New York is home to plenty of sporting legends, donning leading titles in MLB, Olympics, and many more. But based on recent data, who is New York’s most celebrated sporting icons?

A new study by TopUSCasinos.com investigates NY’s biggest sporting icons throughout history and who is still the most celebrated to this day and the results are in. 

Baseball dominates in New York, with Yankees icons Alex Rodriguez tops this list as New York’s biggest sporting hero, shortly followed by Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera – the full list is below.

Alex Rodriguez

Enjoying an illustrious career, Manhattan-born Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez spent over half of his 22 playing years at the New York Yankees.

Placing 6th in the club’s all-time home run chart and holding the club record for most home runs in a single season, A-Rod is in fine company as one of the Yankee’s greatest ever players.

Derek Jeter

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Despite hailing from New Jersey, Derek Jeter is one of New York’s favorite sons after a glorious 20-year career with the Yankees, including 12 seasons as club captain.

Considered an integral part of his side’s dominating success in the late 90s and early 2000s, Jeter’s jersey number was retired in 2017 to mark his accomplishment.

Deron Williams

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams spent five seasons as point guard for the Nets and was part of the 2012-13 team that uprooted from New Jersey to Brooklyn, a move popular in the Empire State.

Born in West Virginia, Williams’ time in the Big Apple has ensured he’ll always be remembered fondly by New Yorkers.

Mariano Rivera

Born in Panama, Mariano Rivera began his MLB journey in 1995 and immediately captured the hearts of millions. An honorary New Yorker, five-time World Series champion Mariano spent 19 seasons at the Yankees before retiring in 2013.

Widely regarded as one of the best ever relief pitchers, Mariano is adored by New Yorkers as though one of their own. 

Henrik Lundqvist

After 15 seasons as goaltender for the NHL’s New York Rangers, Swede Henrik Lundqvist, affectionately crowned ‘King Henrik’ for his dominating style, is comfortably one of the state’s most revered sportsmen.

Holding numerous Rangers records, Lundqvist’s long spell in New York has ensured he’ll go down in club and state folklore.


To rank New York’s top five hometown heroes, TopUSCasinos.com first collected data around the state’s most successful and prodigious athletes from Bleacher Report. From here, they analyzed each athlete’s Wikipedia page to assess visits during a twelve-month period between March 2020-March 2021.

The athlete with the most page views during this time is considered their state’s leading hometown hero, with the next four making up the top five.

You can find the full report by TopUSCasinos.com, here.

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